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Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XII, p. 70ff. I. On the verse,Vayikra 12:2. “When a woman gives seed and gives birth to a male,” our Sages comment:Niddah 31a. “When a woman gives seed first, she will give birth to a male. When a man gives seed first, she will give ...
The previous Sidra, Shemini, contained the laws of ritual cleanliness and purity as applied to animals. This week’s Sidra applies the same concepts to men and women. In the Midrash, Rav Simlai draws an analogy between the fact that animals were created be...
Our Torah reading begins with the commandment of circumcision. Now, the Torah had already taught us about this mitzvah when relating the story of Abraham’s circumcision. Why then does it mention it here a second time? Our Rabbis explain that this communic...
Do you get goose pimples when you are scared, or a nervous stomach when you are excited? Isn’t that strange? After all, it’s your mind and heart that feel excitement or fear. Why do your hands and stomach react in this way? HaShem created our bodies to be...
Tazria; Leviticus 12:1-13:59
Adapted fromLikkutei Sichos, Vol. I, p. 236ff; Vol. VII, p. 78-79;Vol. XII, p. 70ff; Vol. XXII, p. 70ff;Sefer HaSichos 5749, p. 379ff;Sefer HaSichos 5751, p. 490ff The Deepest Intimacy One of the analogies used to describe the relationship between G-d and...
How Important is Time? The time for the mitzvah of circumcision is the eighth day after birth, as it is written:Vayikra 12:3. "On the eighth day, you shall circumcise the flesh of his foreskin." If a child is not circumcised on the eighth day, the act may...
Tazria
Before speaking, let’s try to pause and reflect so we don’t cause unbearable, malevolent harm to another.
Tazria
Jews have a powerful urge to connect with one another.
Leviticus 12:1–13:59
The preceding section of the Book of Leviticus discussed the laws of ritual defilement imparted by dead animals. In this section, the Torah proceeds to the laws of defilement associated with human beings. It first discusses the defilement that automatical...
"אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר" “When a woman conceives and gives birth to a male.” (12:2) QUESTION: Parshat Shemini concludes with the topic of kosher and non-kosher foods. What is the connection between the end of Parshat Shemini and the beginning of Tazria, w...
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